AERO RACE WHEELS
WHEN IT COMES to maximizing performance, the first thing you start with is your bike position. Once you’ve dialed that in, the next most important factor to cutting time out on the bike course are your wheels. These days triathletes have a number of choices when it comes to deep dish aerodynamic wheels. Typically the deeper the rim, the faster the wheels, but if you’re a lighter rider who tends to get buffeted around in the wind, going for a rim that’s too deep might end up losing you time as you find yourself getting out of the aero position to stabilize yourself.
The huge innovation in the wheel industry over the last few years has been around clincher rims (a separate tube and tire), which now often test faster than tubular (the tube is sewn into the tire and then glued to the rim) wheels. The other big change in recent years is that rims are getting wider and wider – providing better road contact and aero performance, too.
We looked at four sets of speedy clincher wheelsets that are sure to help you to some faster bike splits.